Binghamton Developers Vow to Fight for Expansion
A father and son development team say they intend to move forward with their plan to expand a downtown Binghamton student housing complex.
A Vestal-based developer has been fighting the proposal by Alfred Weissman Real Estate of Westchester County to construct a pair of five-story additions at 20 Hawley Street.
Newman Development Group is waging court battles against the project, which would be built near the company's Twin River Commons student housing facility.
A New York state Supreme Court judge recently decided the Hawley Street project must be reviewed again by the city planning commission.
Alfred Weissman said he feels badly for those who would have been hired to work on the construction job. He said those workers are going to suffer "because of somebody's greed."
Weissman's son, Alan, another principal in the development firm, said he viewed the judge's ruling as a "setback." He said it may delay the expansion but it won't prevent it from happening.
The Hawley Street facility, which originally was built to house bank offices, now has nearly 300 beds for student residents. The expansion would add another 180 beds to the project, which is located just west of Binghamton City Hall.
While the time schedule for the new units has been delayed by court challenges, Alan Weissman said he and his father aren't giving up on the plan. He said: "We don't back down."